Dec 17, 2017 Last Updated 11:24 AM, Dec 17, 2017
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North Korea Missile: US Confirms Long-Range Test

THE US AND SOUTH KOREA FIRED MISSILES INTO THE SEA OF JAPAN ON WEDNESDAY IN RESPONSE THE US AND SOUTH KOREA FIRED MISSILES INTO THE SEA OF JAPAN ON WEDNESDAY IN RESPONSE Image sourced at bbc.com
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The US has confirmed that North Korea tested a long-range missile which some experts believe could reach Alaska.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called it a "new escalation of the threat" and warned that Washington "will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea".

Pyongyang claimed on Tuesday to have successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

However, most experts believe that the North does not yet have long-range nuclear weapon capabilities.

In response the US and South Korea conducted a joint military exercise on Wednesday.

A statement by the two countries' militaries warned that "self-restraint, which is a choice, is all that separates armistice and war" and that their drills showed "we are able to change our choice".

The two Koreas are technically still at war as the 1950-1953 Korean War ended in an armistice.

Mr Tillerson said "global action is required to stop a global threat" and warned that any nation that provided economic or military benefits to the North, or failed to fully implement UN Security Council resolution, was "aiding and abetting a dangerous regime".

The US has asked for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the issue. A closed-door session of the 15-member body is expected later on Wednesday.

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